When we say “jobs of the future” we’re talking about the jobs that don’t exist yet. Or maybe they exist in some capacity but they haven’t actually established themselves as proper industries yet. For context, think about social media managers, app developers and drone technicians. These roles didn’t really exist ten years ago. And in ten more years there will be a whole bunch of new roles too. So basically, it’s all about preparing for the robot-, drone- and AI-filled future that is just around the corner.
Will it suit me?
If you’ve got a keen interest in learning about new technologies, a knack for teaching yourself new skills and an idea of how you think the future will look, then it’s definitely worth scoping out future employment options. Basically, it’s all about innovation, which is the ability to create new ways of doing things. The job titles are diverse, and there’s still a bit of mystery surrounding these industries. It’s an industry for creative thinkers that are ready to take risks and make things happen.
What jobs can I do?
A lot of future jobs sound pretty vague. For example, do you know what an “excess capacity broker” does? How about a “human technology integration specialist” or a “wholeness mentor”? We don’t really get it either, but this post is pretty helpful in explaining some of these roles. What we can tell you is that, according to World Economic Forum, we’re just about to see an advance in robotics, driverless transport and artificial intelligence. Put simply, there’s likely to be more jobs in technology, IT and science, but we don’t know exactly what they’ll be yet.
How can I get there?
Obviously, it really depends on the role, but there are certain things that you can do to get yourself into a good position for a future job. If you want to work with drones, buy one, build one or learn how to fly one and then keep an eye out for how they’re evolving. If you want to work on driverless vehicles, get skilled up in mechanics and software engineering. Essentially, you need to look at the aspects of tech, IT and science that are growing and figure out how to get involved. This may involve a university degree, an online short course or a crazy start-up idea.
Is it a good industry?
It’s a whole bunch of different industries really. The common factor is that the jobs are still just theories, so we don’t really know how these industries will establish themselves. The good news is that these industries have a clean slate to shape themselves. There aren’t any entrenched problems to solve, however, these jobs will come with their own trials and tribulations. We’ll just have to see how things pan out.